ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Wednesday, April 30) the signing of 6-4 guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (Allentown, Pa./Central Catholic HS) to a National Letter of Intent to join the Wolverines for the 2014-15 academic year.
Abdur-Rahkman becomes the fifth member of U-M’s incoming class after Kameron Chatman (Portland, Ore./Columbia Christian HS), D.J. Wilson (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian School), Ricky Doyle (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) and Austin Hatch (Fort Wayne, Ind./Loyola HS [Calif.]) signed during the early November period.
“We are very excited to add another gifted student-athlete, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, to our program,” said Beilein. “His ability to create an offense, score the basketball and control game temp will enable Muhammad-Ali to make valuable contributions to our backcourt. His strong character, leadership, skills and drive to improve add to the quality of young men we have in this incoming recruiting class.”
Abdur-Rahkman, who was coached by Dennis Csencsits at Allentown Central Catholic High School, was the first player in Lehigh Valley history to earn four PIAA Class AAA All-State honors after he was twice a first teamer (2013, ’14) and earned second team honors in 2011 and 2012. The two-time Lehigh Valley Conference MVP (2013, ’14) was also named a four-time Lehigh Valley All-Star Team member (2011, ’12, ’13, ’14), including becoming the first freshman named to an All-League team in Lehigh Valley history in 2011.
During his four year career he guided Central Catholic to an 86-25 overall record, the 2014 Lehigh Valley Conference title — the first in 14 years and just fifth in school history, two Lehigh Valley Conference West Division titles (2013, ’14) and four straight PIAA District 11 Class AAA District titles
Abdur-Rahkman, who as a senior averaged 23.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game, became Catholic Central’s all-time leading scorer with 2,136 career points. He ranks sixth all-time on PIAA District 11 scoring list and became 10th player to surpass 2,000 career points.
Michigan loses five players from the 2013-14 roster as fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan (Detroit, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) will complete his master’s in manufacturing engineering, senior Jon Horford (Grand Ledge, Mich./Grand Ledge HS) will complete his undergrad degree and transfer for final season of eligibility and sophomores Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark’s School [Mass.]), Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) and Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) elected for early entry into 2014 NBA Draft.